Los Angeles’ Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute Trains the Next Generation of Electrical Workers about Advanced Technologies

Building Outcomes

High-volume, low-speed fans mix heat layers, eliminating hot and cold pockets.

High-volume, low-speed fans mix heat layers, eliminating hot and cold pockets.


The NZP ETI’s energy, environmental, economic and community benefits include:

  • 51 percent reduced total energy consumption.
  • 185,000 KWh per year more energy produced than consumed.
  • 520 metric tons per year reduction of CO2.
  • 1,500 individuals trained each year for long-term careers in the energy industry.
  • A resource for the building community to learn about the integration of advanced technologies. (Request your tour on the NZP ETI website.)
  • Enhanced grid stability and improved natural disaster and emergency response solutions.
  • Maintenance of a goal of 50 percent veteran enrollment in each new apprenticeship class, as well as a comprehensive outreach program encompassing disadvantaged communities throughout Los Angeles County.

On June 3, 2016, IBEW Local 11 and LA/NECA officially dedicated the NZP ETI as the largest net-zero-plus commercial retrofit in the U.S. More than 500 Los Angeles government, business and community leaders attended the dedication ceremony.

During Science Week this coming October, a one-hour documentary, “Building Below Zero”, will air on PBS SoCal. The program will highlight the rapid changes faced by the building and electrical industries in California and across the nation.

New solar panels were added on shade structures in the NZP ETI’s parking lot, which also includes 12 electrical vehicle-charging stations.

New solar panels were added on shade structures in the NZP ETI’s parking lot, which also includes 12 electrical vehicle-charging stations.

The documentary will provide an overview of the process of retrofitting high-performance and net-zero buildings from design to execution, using the NZP ETI as a case study. The documentary features interviews with Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy; Bryan Hannegan, Golden, Colo.-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory lab director; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif., and Stanford Linear Accelerator, Menlo, Park, Calif.; and more.

Dick Reed, president of IBEW Local 11, summed up what the NZP ETI means to the future of the building industry at the June dedication:“The NZP ETI sets a new benchmark and provides a roadmap for the future of commercial buildings that are energy efficient, reduce environmental impacts, demonstrate energy independence, improve disaster-response solutions and contribute to a more reliable electrical grid.”

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Retrofit Team

Architect: SimonGlover Inc., Long Beach, Calif.
Structural Engineer: Bushra Tsai Inc., Anaheim, Calif.
Electrical Engineer: Gausman & Moore, Santa Clarita, Calif.
Roofing Contractor: Best Contracting, Gardena, Calif.
Construction Management, BESS and Solar Integration and Installation: PDE Total Energy Solutions, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
Lighting, Lighting Controls, Monitoring and Power Integration and Installation: O’Bryant Electric Inc., Chatsworth, Calif.
Mechanical Systems and Controls: Western Allied Corp., Menlo Park, Calif.
High-performance Design Management, Certifications: stok, San Francisco
Window Glazing: Giroux Glass Inc., Los Angeles
Solar Structural: Day & Night Solar, Collinsville, Ill.
Landscaping: Marina Landscaping, Anaheim
Carpentry and Structural Construction: J.R. Construction, Anaheim
Plumber: Muir-Chase Plumbing Co., Los Angeles
Building Operating System and Systems Control Integration and Design: Energy IQ, Boca Raton, Fla.

Materials

Batteries: Samsung SDI
Battery Enclosures and Switch Gear: Z Power
PV Solar: Seraphim
Electrochromic Glass: Sage Glass
Inverter: Dynapower
Solar Screen Wall: W.S. Tyler
Cool Roof: Johns Manville
Telescoping Doors: Stanley
Low-velocity, High-volume Fans: MacroAir
Lighting Controls: Lutron
LED Lighting: Acculite, Axis, Hi-Lite Mfg. Co., Indy, Juno, Navilite and Soraa
Electric Vehicle Chargers: Clipper Creek
Water Heaters: Rheem
Chiller: Artic Cool
Marley Cooling Tower: SPX Cooling Technologies
Boiler: Lochinvar Air-handling Unit: AAoN
Variable Frequency Drive: Yaskawa

About the Author

Brett Moss
Brett Moss is training director for the Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute, Los Angeles.

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